New York Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito yesterday introduced a bill that would require state government to study using open document formats within agencies. According to A08961: "The director shall study how electronic documents and the mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic data can be created, maintained, exchanged and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability and vendor neutrality. The study shall consider but not be limited to the policies of other states and nations, management guidelines for state archives as they pertain to electronic documents, public access, expected storage of electronic documents, costs of implementation and savings."

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Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.